Fade to Black
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"Fade To Black"
(Ealing Studios, 2006)
In this diverting historical fiction thriller, Danny Huston stars as actor/director Orson Welles, down-and-out in Italy after World War Two as his career has hit the skids and his divorce from actress Rita Hayworth has made him a target of international scorn. On the set of a low-budget Italian film (a fictionalized version of the real-life "Black Magic") Welles runs afoul of a murder mystery that encompasses the convoluted politics of the recently-liberated Italian nation.
I found this film to be entertaining and mostly charming; it was not particularly surprising where the story went or how it played out, but it was still a nice change of pace from the usual Hollywood fare, with an aura of Euro-intellectualism about it. To the filmmakers' credit, although they clearly draw on the film noir tradition (and "The Third Man," in particular), they don't try to simply mimic Welles' own work, or to match its intensity. Huston is a plausible and pleasant Welles, perhaps more robust and less savvy than one might imagine, but fun to watch nonetheless. If you like thrillers, but want a little change of pace and a dollop of politics and history, give this one a shot. Not a classic, by any means, but a fun movie. (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film reviews)
The film takes place in 1948 at the second post WW 2 election in Italy as the Christian Democrats are maneuvering to win after having broken with their partners, the Communist and Socialist parties. In the film, Orson Welles comes to Rome to make "Black Magic" (1949) and gets involved in murder and political intrigue centering on the election.
FWIW - The Christian Democrats won 48.5% and took control until 1994.
Danny Huston (1962) plays Orson Welles. Huston is the son of actor/director John Huston. He's made a few dozen films the most notable of which are Poseidon in "Clash of the Titans" (2010), the young Stryker in "X-Men Origins" (2009), and Samuel Adams in the TV series of the same name (2008).
Unfortunately Huston bears little if any resemblance to Welles, so he has to rely on his considerable skills in mimicry. They serve him well, but it is nowhere as effective as Christian McKay was as Welles in "Me and Orson Welles" (2009).
Christopher Walken (1963) plays an American agent in Rome and an old friend of Welles.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice movie with good actors. I read the novel by Davide Ferrario ("Dissolvenza al nero") and was quite curious about the film, also because some part of the story takes... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Malizioso Troll
I suppose only fans f Orson Welles would be interested in this film. If you are a fan, I recommend it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Orson Welles
The movie was charming, but it takes quite a bit of suspension of disbelief to pretend that a Mexican actor with a Spanish accent is supposed to be an Italian guy.Published 13 months ago by Amber